It turned out to be magnificent timing, in between monsoons and missing most of the dire "Black rain" warning times. Though raining quite heavily our first day there, T talked me into following the planned itinerary, and we set off for The Peak, which ordinarily would have offered fabulous views of Hong Kong Island and beyond. This day on the trail that goes all the way around the top, views of water cascading down the hillside.
Seen in a Hong Kong supermarket:
And in a subway station:
And the airport:
The next day, day two of two, we decided to go for Macau, an hour's boat ride away. Portuguese colony of history and gambling paradise of today, it manages to retain considerable character and feels quite unlike Hong Kong or mainland China, which is virtually a stone's throw away.
Balancing map and umbrella, trying to find our bearings soon after stepping off one of the many free casino buses from port to town, a kind man offers to help. Portuguese speaking kind man!
We meander through the historic city center:
making our way to the must-see tourist spot, the 16th Century ruins of St. Paul:
|maybe she's praying|
|T says he was only halfway into it|
Up the hill from there, some good views:
|ready, aim.... Not the casino!!|
A Nepalese guard at the top removes his shoes to demonstrate how to enjoy a little reflexology:
|Yeow! No way|
Our very brief tour at an end, we catch the catamaran back:
And find that Hong Kong is under a rare Black Rain warning--the most severe.
We have been most fortunate to miss most of the bad weather. For Black Rain, people are advised not to walk, but it isn't bad where we are and we are able to walk to dinner and view the ferry traffic to and from Kowloon:
Alas, time to return to Penang. We confess to going a but early to the airport to enjoy the free lounge access that comes with our Business Class [free] flight...
Back in Penang: